he Brazilian Ministry of Environment announced the establishment of a Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for control Avian Influenza domestic.
Its objective is to monitor, advise and coordinate environmental actions to mitigate the impact of animal health emergencies declared by wild bird disease records.
The Ministry of Agriculture also set up an operation center two months ago. Actions to contain the virus have also involved other areas, such as the Ministry of Health.
So far, Brazil has recorded 69 outbreaks of bird flu, none of which have occurred in commercial agriculture, which does not change the country’s status as a disease-free zone. In the Ministry of Environment, the COE will be composed of representatives from the National Secretariat on Biodiversity, Forests and Animal Rights, including representatives from the Ministry of Conservation, Defense and Animal Rights, and the Ministry of Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use. Biodiversity, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio). The COE must run for 180 days and can be extended for the same period.